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iStart Jax Inc, Business Accelerator welcomes, Kevin Riley, Health Model Innovation Consulting and Daniel Fanger, Financial Market Specialist, JEA

iStart Jax Inc, Business Accelerator of Northeast Florida welcomes Kevin Riley, Health Model Innovation Consulting, Former CEO of National Health retail and Chief Innovation Officer of a major health insurance plan to the board of directors as Honorary Director and Daniel Fanger, who started as an Institutional Investment Broker and at present the Financial Market Specialist at JEA as the Director.

Please join us in welcoming Kevin Riley and Daniel Fanger to the iStart Jax family, committed to serve the entrepreneurial community by strengthening the Startup ecosystem of Northeast Florida. Below is more information.


Honorary Director

KrKevin Riley is an entrepreneur, health care executive, business model innovator, Renaissance man, and polymath. He has spent his career in the pursuit of creating consumer experiences that drive behaviors, and ultimately actions. He has applied his skills and experiences to start-ups and legacy companies alike, across the health care industry.

Kevin started Health Model Innovation Consulting in 2006 to help companies with the convergence of health care and the consumer. He founded and was CEO of a national health care retail company, played leadership roles for several national retail health start-ups, and served as the first Chief Innovation Officer of a major insurance plan. Kevin holds a Masters of Business in entrepreneurship and marketing from Rice University.



Dan2Daniel Fanger is a Jacksonville native that started out as an institutional investment broker with Merrill Lynch where he obtained his series 7 & 66 licenses. He later joined a high net-worth firm in Ponte Vedra as a registered investment advisor where he managed over $200 Million in assets, specializing in alternative investments such as limited partnerships and trusts. During this time he completed his MBA in finance at UNF and obtained his series 24 license. Most recently Daniel has joined JEA as their financial markets specialist and oversees their $6 Billion fixed and variable debt portfolio, manages swaps and cash investment, and strategizes financing structures to meet the $2 Billion Utility's needs. Currently Daniel is active with the Association of Corporate Growth, Meninak, Indo-Chamber of Commerce, and the Freemasons. He aspires to help his community through empowering entrepreneurs to achieve their goals while minimizing the headaches of financing and operations with a foundation of trust.

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Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012

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Join us at Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 Celebrations
15th November, 6.00 PM to 8.00 PM at ALOFT

sign up now @ http://gew-jax.eventbrite.com


Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators, who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. More than 115 countries participating with nearly 24,000 partner organizations planning 37,000+ activities that directly engage more than 7 million people.During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

Jacksonville, with the support of Startup Florida and Local Entrepreneurial Service Organizations, will be celebrating Global Entrepreneurship Week by recognizing the Top 10 Technology Startups of Northeast Florida on November 15th at ALOFT from 6.00 PM to 7.30 PM. Celebration will include a unique networking opportunity, Award ceremony, launch of the Jacksonville Startup Digest and keynote by Startup entrepreneurs. Mark your calendars.

Google Boot camp 2012

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Google Boot camp
December 15th 2012 - 9.00 AM to 5.00 PM at UNF

Sign up now - @ http://jaxgooglebootcamp.eventbrite.com

Google Developer Groups and Startup Weekend are joining forces to help developers and entrepreneurs become more successful! We know that during a Startup Weekend event there isn't a lot of time to learn new things. You come in with the tools you have in your belt, and you do the best you can with those. But sometimes those tools aren't enough, which is why we're running this pre-Startup Weekend Technical Boot camp that includes below topics!
App Engine
Google TV
Lean Startups

Jacksonville Startup Weekend 2013

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Jacksonville Startup Weekend 2013
January 25 - 27 at UNF

Sign up now - @ www.Jacksonville.Startupweekend.org.
Early bird offer expires December 26th 2012!


Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event during which developers, designers, marketers, product managers and startup enthusiasts come together to share ideas, form teams, build products and launch startups. Participants will build scalable companies that solve real-world problems.

Worldwide, Startup Weekends occurred in 300+ cities; helped launch 5000+ businesses; and engaged more than 57,000+ entrepreneurs. 

They are premier education experiences for entrepreneurs that also result in the development of implementable business plans.The Jacksonville Startup Weekend is scheduled on the UNF campus on Jan. 25 – 27, and it is attracting the region’s best makers and doers.


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iStart Jax at IT Pro Camp

It Pro 1On, June 16, iStart Jax's Directors Sheena Koshy and Yash Nath, were invited to speak at Jacksonville's first IT Pro Camp, about 'Resources for Technology Startups'. The IT Pro Camp brings together system administrators, IT professionals and database professionals in addition to managers at all levels in Florida that work with Microsoft technologies for a one day learning event. With a specialized focus on IT Pro related technologies, the conference offered us a great environment to showcase our new Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding tools being developed. These tools help our fledgling startups garner support, distribute their tasks, and ensure the completion of their project. Such was the enthusiasm of the attendees that several signed up on www.istartjax.org on the spot.


Hot Opportunity - Huffington Post Startup Expo - Apply Now!

iStart Jax is pleased to inform you, Startup America has partnered with Huffington Post to host a Startup Expo the afternoon of Wednesday, August 29th in Tampa during the Republic National Convention(RNC). The Huffington Post is hosting a luncheon panel with 400 invited guests. Details are as below.


Apply at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RKYRJ5S, Deadline - COB Friday, 20th July, 2012


- To showcase how entrepreneurs, small businesses, and innovative ideas are creating jobs and providing training for our workforce
- To connect entrepreneurs with public leaders, give entrepreneurs national media exposure, create a forum for entrepreneurs and policy-makers to share ideas, and inspire our partners to commit to
greater “promises” around reducing unemployment


Date: RNC: Aug 29, 2012 from 2:30-5:30pm


2:30-3pm: Intro and select sample of entrepreneurs do 1-minute pitches
3pm-5:30pm: Entrepreneurs and delegates have an organic meet-and-greet. Entrepreneurs have small high-top cocktail tables to display of their products/services.


Media Coverage
NBC: Broadcast, interviews with entrepreneurs and expo attendees
HP Live: Live broadcast or filmed interviews with entrepreneurs and expo attendees
HuffPost: Reporter coverage of the event


How early stage Startup's collaborate with Investors? Ans: GUST.com

Gust provides the global platform for the sourcing and management of early-stage investments. Gust enables skilled entrepreneurs to collaborate with the smartest investors by virtually supporting all aspects of the investment relationship, from initial pitch to successful exit. Gust is endorsed by the world's leading business angel and venture capital associations, and powers over 750 investment organizations in 65 countries. More than 125,000 start-ups have already used the platform to connect and collaborate with over 35,000 individual accredited investors. The company was founded in 2004 under the name Angelsoft and is privately held. Gust is based in New York, New York, with a development center in Vancouver, British Columbia, and European office in Paris, France. Check out https://gust.com/

Congratulations to Doug Lowenthal, Building an IT Company!

Img 1404Building an IT Company was recently recognized by Jacksonville Business Journal as one of the Top 50 Fastest Growing Companies. Doug Lowenthal, CEO of Building an IT Company was a Sponsor and a Participant at the Jacksonville Startup Weekend. Congratulations to Doug on behalf of Startup Community. Click here to check out article on Jacksonville Business Journal - The Building IT Co. makes technology seamless for its customers.


iStart Jax is a proud sponsor of TEDxRiversideAvondale!

ThumbnailThis October, TEDx is coming to Northeast Florida’s beautiful and vibrant Riverside Avondale Historic District. TEDxRiversideAvondale is being created right now by a group of innovative people here in Jacksonville. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. Click here read more. If you would like to attend apply here.



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The SBA has announced their Early Stage SBIC Initiative, which will commit up to $1 billion in SBA guaranteed leverage over a five year period to selected early stage venture funds. For more information on the Early Stage Fund, check out this overview, and follow this link for the "Call for early stage fund managers." If you’d like additional background information on the SBIC program, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Did you know 1 out of every 200 of all business plans written ever receive any type of funding? It involves much, much more than just finding a template and plugging in some boilerplate text and random numbers. Preparing a fundable business plan requires a fair amount of expertise, time, and ability to really create a document that is worthy of investment capital. 

Todd has been writing business plans for 14 years in just about every conceivable industry, and his Toddbusiness plan packages have helped clients raise in excess of $175 million for their ventures. He holds an MBA from the Anderson School at UCLA, a Masters in International Management from the Thuderbird School of Global Business, and a Bachelors in Financial Management from Clemson University. His life's mission is to help others successfully launch or grow their businesses.